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Meaning of just by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ʤʌst/, X-SAMPA: /dZVst/
    • Rhymes: -ʌst

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English juste, from Old French juste, from Latin iustus ( “just, lawful, rightful, true, due, proper, moderate” ), from ius ( “law, right” ). Cognate with Dutch & Scottish juist, French juste etc .


    just ( comparative more just or juster, superlative most just or justest )

    1. factually fair; correct; proper .
      It is a just assessment of the facts .
    2. morally fair; upright; righteous, equitable .
      It looks like a just solution at first glance .
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    just ( not comparable )

    1. Only, simply, merely
      Plant just a few tomatoes, unless you can, freeze, or dry them .
      He calls it vermillion, but it's just red to me .
    2. ( sentence adverb ) Used to reduce the force of an imperative; simply .
      Just follow the directions on the box .
    3. ( speech act ) Used to convey a less serious or formal tone
      I just called to say "hi" .
    4. ( speech act ) Used to show humility .
      Lord, we just want to thank You and praise Your Name
    5. Moments ago, recently
      They just left, but you may leave a message at the desk .
    6. By a narrow margin; closely; nearly
      The fastball just missed my head!
      The piece just might fit .
    7. exactly, perfectly .
      He wants everything just right for the big day .

    Etymology 2

    variation of joust, presumably ultimately from Latin iuxta 'near, besides'


    just ( plural: justs )

    1. A joust, tournament

    See also

    • just in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • just in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911



Explanation of just by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. only a very short time before

    2. just missed being hit
    3. exactly at this moment or the moment described

    4. we've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them
    5. and nothing more

    6. just a scratch
    7. only a moment ago

    8. he has just arrived
      the sun just now came out
    9. indicating exactness or preciseness

    10. it was just as he said--the jewel was gone
      it has just enough salt
    11. absolutely

    12. I just can't take it anymore
      he was just grand as Romeo
    1. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception

    2. fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

    3. used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting

    4. a just and lasting peace- A.Lincoln
      a kind and just man
      a just reward
      his just inheritance
    5. of moral excellence

    6. a just cause

    Definition of just by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Joust ( joust or jŭst; 277 ), v. i. [OE. justen, jousten, OF. jouster, jouster, joster, F. jouter, fr. L. juxta near to, nigh, from the root of jungere to join. See Join, and cf. Jostle.]
      1. To engage in mock combat on horseback, as two knights in the lists; to tilt. [Written also just.]

      For the whole army to joust and tourney. Holland.

      2. Hence: To engage in a competition involving one-to-one struggle with an opponent.

    2. Joust, n. [OE. juste, jouste, OF. juste, jouste, joste, F. joute. See Joust, v. i.]
      1. A tilting match; a mock combat on horseback between two knights in the lists or inclosed field. [Written also just.]

      Gorgeous knights at joust and tournament. Milton.

      2. Hence: Any competition involving one-to-one struggle with an opponent.

    3. Just a. [F. juste, L. justus, fr. jus right, law, justice; orig., that which is fitting; akin to Skr. yu to join. Cf. Injury, Judge, Jury, Giusto.]

      1. Conforming or conformable to rectitude or justice; not doing wrong to any; violating no right or obligation; upright; righteous; honest; true; -- said both of persons and things. “O just but severe law!” Shak.

      There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Eccl. vii. 20.

      Just balances, just weights, . . . shall ye have. Lev. xix. 36.

      How should man be just with God? Job ix. 2.

      We know your grace to be a man.

      Just and upright. Shak.

      2. Not transgressing the requirement of truth and propriety; conformed to the truth of things, to reason, or to a proper standard; exact; normal; reasonable; regular; due; as, “a just statement; a just inference.”

      Just of thy word, in every thought sincere. Pope.

      The prince is here at hand: pleaseth your lordship

      To meet his grace just distance 'tween our armies. Shak.

      He was a comely personage, a little above just stature. Bacon.

      Fire fitted with just materials casts a constant heat. Jer. Taylor.

      When all

      The war shall stand ranged in its just array. Addison.

      Their names alone would make a just volume. Burton.

      3. Rendering or disposed to render to each one his due; equitable; fair; impartial; as, “just judge”.

      Men are commonly so just to virtue and goodness as to praise it in others, even when they do not practice it themselves. Tillotson.

      Just intonation. ( Mus. ) The correct sounding of notes or intervals; true pitch. The giving all chords and intervals in their purity or their exact mathematical ratio, or without temperament; a process in which the number of notes and intervals required in the various keys is much greater than the twelve to the octave used in systems of temperament. H. W. Poole.

      Syn. -- Equitable; upright; honest; true; fair; impartial; proper; exact; normal; orderly; regular.

    4. Just, adv.
      1. Precisely; exactly; -- in place, time, or degree; neither more nor less than is stated.

      And having just enough, not covet more. Dryden.

      The god Pan guided my hand just to the heart of the beast. Sir P. Sidney.

      To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one. Shak.

      2. Closely; nearly; almost.

      Just at the point of death. Sir W. Temple.

      3. Barely; merely; scarcely; only; by a very small space or time; as, “he just missed the train; just too late.”

      A soft Etesian gale

      But just inspired and gently swelled the sail. Dryden.

      Just now, the least possible time since; a moment ago.

    5. Just, v. i. [See Joust.] To joust. Fairfax.

    6. Just, n. A joust. Dryden.